Regardless of whether you live in Michigan or another state, it can be tempting to drive when your license has been suspended – in fact, there are times when it may actually be necessary. However, before you make the decision to get behind the wheel even though your driver’s license has been suspended, consider the following.
Most people who toss the idea of driving even though their license has been suspended back and forth think about how careful they will be not to get in an accident, or how they will be super-cautious, obeying all of the traffic laws. No running a stop sign or light, driving the speed limit, being sure to use turn signals and change lanes properly, etc. This is great, but what about when it isn’t all in your control?
It’s important that you consider all of the possible scenarios before you get behind the wheel without a valid driver’s license. Case in point: Last year a Caro, Michigan woman rear ended a car that was stopped at a red light, causing the vehicle she struck to hit a third vehicle. The woman at fault was talking on a cell phone when this accident happened, an example of what distracted driving can lead to. However, it was determined that the vehicle she struck was driven by a Saginaw man who had no proof of insurance, and was driving on a suspended license. He was ticketed – true story.
As you can see, the man who was driving on a suspended license had no control in this situation. What happens when you are caught driving on a suspended license? It all depends on the circumstances. Some individuals may face time behind bars or paying fines or driver’s responsibility fees. However many individuals find that their driver’s license will be suspended for twice as long as it was initially when they have been caught driving on an invalid licenses.
The lesson here is never to drive on a suspended license when you can avoid doing so.
Whether your license has been suspended or revoked for DUI, a drug offense, or any reason there may be options available so that you can get back on the road and drive legally. Contact an experienced Michigan drivers license reinstatement attorney to learn if there may be a way to have your driving privilege restored.